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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect


***Fenton Lake is now open for ice fishing effective January 11, 2019. The lake will remain open for this popular wintertime activity as long as ice conditions remain favorable. The state park is open from 7am till 7pm everyday.***


Fenton Lake Ice Fishing







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Nine Year Old Orlando Martinez From Albuquerque With His 10 Pound, 30 Inch Brown Trout From the Kid’s Pond…January 12, 2019…Silver KastMaster



Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date…  .82


Rain Total 2018…15.81

Rain Total 2017…11.73″

Rain Total 2016…12.05″

Rain Total 2015… 20.90″

Snow Yesterday… 9″

2019 Snow…Keep it Coming

Season To Date…  84″




Snow Total 2017/18…35″

Snow Total 2016/17…96″  

Snow Total 2015/16…97″ 

 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″

Snow Total 2012/13…76″

Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″

Rachel Larson Shows Off a New Sweatshirt From Amanda’s…New Designs and Colors In Stock Now

Yesterday’s High… 37

This Morning’s Low… 16

Today…  Blustery Sunshine



*****Winter Camping Opportunities***** All forest service campgrounds are now closed for the winter season except Vista Linda Campground which is open year around. All forest roads are now closed. Fenton Lake State Park is open year around for seasonal recreational activities. The six electrical spots will remain open through out the winter months.  Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our winter hours are 8:30 am to 6:30 pm every day. Come on in and say hi. We’d love to see you.


*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER***** MODERATE——————————– As of Monday, January 28, 2019  8:00 am  the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as LOW.  There are currently no fire restrictions.


*****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage: However, as of December 1st, all campgrounds are closed for the winter season.


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are limited opportunities here in the Jemez.


*****The NEW LICENSE YEAR*****  began on April 1, 2018. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same. $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.  


*****ROAD CONDITIONS***** All highways within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District are open. Use caution on State Hwy 126 from La Cueva to Cuba, a distance of 40 miles (8 miles of which is dirt)… it is open but can be challenging in spots. All forest roads are now closed.   


*****CAMPGROUNDS***** Campgrounds are open as follows.

Vista Linda Campground…Open year around (first come, first served)

Redondo Campground… Closed for the season

Jemez Falls Campground….Closed for the season

San Antonio Campground…. Closed for the season

Paliza Campground.…Closed for the season

Fenton Lake State Park….Open (six electrical spots for camping)

Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Open Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Closed La Cueva Picnic Area….Closed Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Closed Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open  Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Open, The Bluffs Fishing Access…Open, San Diego Fishing Access…Open, La Junta Fishing Access…Now Open. Fishing on the lower Jemez is good throughout the spring and early summer and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Closed. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.

  *****FIRE RESTRICTIONS***** There are  currently no fire restrictions within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District. Fire danger is rated as LOW.

  *****AMANDA’S***** Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 6:30 pm everyday. (winter hours)